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DOE Taking a Fork Off 'Right Road,' Shelving 'Renewal' for Failing Schools

Posted 3/4/19

The de Blasio administration will end the Department of Education’s controversial Renewal program aimed at reforming struggling schools and shift to a more-decentralized effort, a change one education expert was cautiously optimistic about.

Though 94 schools participated in the $773-million initiative when it launched in 2014, just 21 have seen enough progress in areas such as graduation rates, college readiness, attendance and test scores to be phased out of the program and designated as “Rise” schools. Nine schools have merged, and 14 have closed.

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